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Survey: Broker, agent confidence rises

Index up after 3 months of decline

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Real estate agent and broker confidence rose in March for the first time in three months, according to a survey by real estate marketing and technology provider Point2 Technologies. The company's Real Estate Confidence Index rose 2.49 percent to 5.77 in March, from 5.63 in February. The index is based on survey responses on a 10-point scale; one equals "bad" or "pessimistic" and 10 equals "good" or "optimistic." Before this month, the index had been dropping since December, falling to 5.91 from 6.03 in November. The index is based on three components that gauge survey respondents' optimism or pessimism: current sentiment, future sentiment based on a short-term outlook (three to six months), and a long-term outlook (12 to 18 months). All three components rose this month. Current sentiment crossed into optimistic territory, to 5.04 from 4.87 last month. Short-term outlook perked up slightly, to 5.76 from 5.71. Long-term outlook rose to 6.51 fro...